We are excited to share that in the October 2013 issue, Travel + Leisure Magazine features The Inn at English Meadows as the ideal place to stay while trekking along the coast of Maine to see fall foliage. The article offers four itineraries for taking in the country’s best autumn landscapes over a long weekend. Their Maine itinerary suggests stops in Cape Elizabeth for lobster rolls at the Lobster Shack at Two Lights; Acadia National Park’s 5 1/2-mile Sargent Mountain hiking loop; off-the-beaten-path coastal towns like Stonington and Bath; and Kennebunkport for its historic feel and low-key clam shacks. The Inn at English Meadows is also one of 14 lodging properties recommended in Travel + Leisure’s guide to Hotels in Kennebunkport + The Southern Beaches.
New England is famous for its glorious foliage as billions of leaves change from green to a kaleidoscope of colors. The air is crisp and cool – perfect for hiking, biking or a classic drive along back roads, where farm stands are piled high with crunchy apples and orange pumpkins.
The leaves started turning colors in the northern regions of Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire around late September and will probably peak around mid-to late October. Along the coast of New Hampshire and southern Maine, color starts later and often lasts up until November.
Maine’s official tourism website has put together a particularly interesting driving route that begins in Kittery and loops up along the southern coast through York, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Scarborough, CapeElizabeth, Portland, and Freeport. After checking out the iconic L.L. bean flagship store, the route heads west through the Sebago Lakes Region and includes a covered bridge and an historic Victorian village before looping back to Kittery. The route offers myriad vistas of woods, water, and mountains while pointing out great opportunities to take in some of the most interesting cultural, historic, and scenic spots in Southern Maine. To check out the route, click this link: Antiques and Boutiques.
For those more inclined to explore on foot some excellent spots to get in a quick hike are listed below:
- The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust preserves tracts of land that have helped maintain the scenic and idyllic charm ofKennebunkport Maine and the surrounding areas. The Trust maintains large parcels of land with excellent trails. In particular, the Smith Preserve is well known for its trees and unique wildlife.
- Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm features seven miles of easy to moderate trails that cover a variety of habitats and offer rich opportunities for discovery. Take the beach trail down to the ocean, passing trees and grasses reaching their peak of color.
- The North Loop Trail at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport presents an exceptionally bright yellow display that normally peaks in mid-to-late October.
- Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal provides views of surrounding forests and Casco Bay’s Calendar Islands. The foliage color peaks usually occur in late September to mid-October.
Regardless where your interests lie, Maine in Autumn offers a beautiful destination rich with tradition and endless entertainment opportunities. We will gladly offers suggestions to help you tailor the perfect visit to Maine and Kennebunk / Kennebunkport.
Autumn in New England is extraordinary. It really is.
The trees around our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast have started to turn. Most trees boast a few leaves tinged with red, yellow, and orange. Here and there a tree stands out in full glory – a beacon of what is yet to come.
Early October is a fabulous time to visit the coast of Maine: fall foliage peaks; summer crowds are gone; shops and restaurants are open; and the weather is pleasant. There is almost a festive atmosphere in the air. It feels like we’ve won the jackpot every time we spot a tree fully dressed in fall finery.
Guests of our Kennebunkport/Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast take scenic drives along the coast of Maine and long bike rides through the countryside. They pick up gallons of freshly pressed apple cider at farm stands and pick pumpkins at beautiful old New England farms. They take off shoes, roll up pants, and walk barefoot on beaches on sunny days. They put on hiking boots and head for the colorful woods.
The lingering summer heat is at last beginning to abate, and from time to time we can feel the promise of crisp air on the wind. It’s still pleasant to breakfast on the terrace of our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, and for now it is quite comfortable to enjoy a glass of wine there in the afternoon. In just a few weeks, our guests will prefer to take their coffee and wine inside, by the fire – one of the best parts of blustery fall days.
People who live in New England look forward to the fall every year, no matter how many they’ve lived through. We feel like kids before Christmas, kids in the spring. It’s worth traveling to experience that feeling.